The writer of the preface takes up the cudgels for Centlivre in feminist style, dwelling on the obstacles she faced as a woman, and invoking the achievements of other women like Anne Dacier
, May Drummond
, Provost of Edinburgh (and brother of the Quaker preacher and writer May Drummond
), laid the foundation stone of the new Royal Exchange
By March 1767
There was published in LondonThe Female American; or, The Adventures of Unca Elizabeth Winkfield, whose mixed-race heroine recounts her life story.